Brainspotting is a powerful, focused treatment method that works by identifying, processing and releasing core neurophysiological sources of emotional/body pain, trauma, dissociation and a variety of other challenging symptoms. Brainspotting gives us a tool, within the clinical relationship, to neurobiologically locate, focus, process, and release experiences and symptoms that are typically out of reach of the conscious mind and its cognitive and language capacity. A "Brainspot" is the eye position which is related to the energetic/emotional activation of a traumatic/emotionally charged issue within the brain, most likely in the amygdala, the hippocampus, and the orbitofrontal cortex of the limbic system. A brainspot is actually a physiological subsystem holding emotional experience in memory form.
Brittney Schultz, Lindsey Day, Caitlin Michalski
EMDR therapy is the abbreviation for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. EMDR is an evidence-based method of psychotherapy that utilizes bilateral stimulation (both hemispheres of the brain) to desensitize events or negative beliefs that carry an emotional charge within us, re-process them with new insight, and integrate them back into the memory system without the emotional charge they once had.
When a disturbing event occurs in one's life, it can get locked in the brain with details of the original experience. The EMDR process stimulates the information and allows the brain to reprocess the event naturally. By re-programming or neutralizing these past experiences, we are able to move past them, let the emotional weight that they carry go, so that we can experience our present lives with a clean slate.
Once a memory or negative belief associated with the stressful event or trauma is re-processed, the individual often finds that they can recall the general event, but that it no longer carries emotional weight and doesn't include as many details as it once did. As a result, the beliefs associated with that memory, unconscious or not, are released and replaced with ones that fit the client's current life experience.